Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Creamy Ham Ziti

I ate this pasta dish at a luncheon today - very good.

1 pd. Ziti, Penne, orother medium pasta, uncooked
1/2 t. vegetable oil
12 oz. lean ham, cut into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup non-fat sour cream
1 10 oz. pkg frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
3/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 T minced fresh dill
1 T fresh lemon juice
3/4 t hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare pasta according to pkg. directions. While pasta is cooking, warm oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the ham and red pepper and cook until browned. Meanwhile, puree the sour cream, spinach, milk, mustard, parsley, dill, lemon juice and hot sauce in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Add the puree to the ham. Heat to a simmer.

When pasta is done, drain well. Toss pasta with sauce, season with salt and pepper and serve.